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Tokai University

Tokai University

Team overview

Tokai University

  • Car name

    Tokai Challenger

  • University

    Tokai University

  • Country

    Japan

  • WSC class

    Challenger

  • Static Scrutineering

    Pass

Daily event results

Arrival time Control stop Kms from Darwin
Day 1 Oct 8 16:16:55 Daly Waters 588.225
Day 2 Oct 9 15:57:37 Barrow Creek 1209.717
Day 3 Oct 10 16:15:14 Kulgera 1765.894
Day 4 Oct 11 13:24:10 Coober Pedy 2178.46
Day 5 Oct 12 16:48:50 Adelaide 3020.59
Day 6 Oct 12 16:48:50 Adelaide 3020.59
Day 7 Oct 12 16:48:50 Adelaide 3020.59

How many times has your team participated in the event?

Our team has participated in the world solar challenge (WSC) for 6 times and we won many trophies in several solar car challenges around the world. In 2009 and 2011, we won the champion in WSC and in 2017 we will try to be the champion team again.

What is the design philosophy behind your solar car?

This time the regulation was totally changed, for example, the maximum solar cell area was changed. We selected optimum shape to reduce the aerodynamic drag and improve the aerodynamic performance since we can easily change the car body design due to the regulation change. Furthermore, considering not only straight wind but also yaw angle of flow, we tried to optimum the aerodynamical shape based on our past experience which was obtained through our challenge to the past WSC. We realized the creation of the best "Challenger" to win the race.

What is unique about your solar car?

Almost all parts of our solar car was made based on Japanese advanced technologies, such as the Panasonic’s high-performance solar panels, Toray’s light weight and strong carbon fiber bodies, Mitsuba’s high efficiency motors, and Bridgestone’s low resistance tires. Not only Japanese advanced technologies which we are proud of but also Japanese sprits and Japanese young engineers’ strong mind were installed and expressed in our solar car. We will try to win the victory again with our proud solar car.

Why does your team value participating in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge?

The reason why we want to participate in this event is to realize the world’s best solar car and contribute to the development of sustainable life and society with the solar power. By using experience of the participation, we can make a great chance for children to learn about sustainable energy through the education activities. Also, we want to taste the excitement again since our team won the two consecutive victories in 2009 and 2011 challenges. We want to show the Japan sprit and the fact that Tokai University still eagers to achieve new challenge to the world.

What is the one thing your team is looking forward to when you visit Australia?

We look forward to the challenge and watching our rival teams’ advanced technologies. We are excited to face the state of the art technologies and meet with our rivals and colleagues in Australia. Furthermore, we hope to see Australian vast natural and beautiful scenery and starry sky.